Thomas G. Vaccaro’s primary focus at NHPF is directing the Office of External Affairs. The skills and experience he brings to bear at NHPF are the culmination of a 30 year career focused on affordable housing and viable strategies for reducing homelessness in America. Mr. Vaccaro has spent the majority of his tenure at NHPF identifying, cultivating, and securing foundation and corporate grants, government funding, soft money, and program related investments. Mr. Vaccaro has overseen grant compliance and reporting for over $250 million dollars of project funding for rehabilitation, acquisition, maintenance, and support services of more than 8,000 units of affordable housing in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Vaccaro worked for the Salvation Army’s Western Division. There, he directed the organization’s housing programs, which included emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, off-site scattered single-family housing, and a psychiatric housing program for the homeless. Vaccaro received HUD’s National Blue Ribbon Best Practice award for co-creating and chairing the Omaha Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless. He was also recognized by the United Way of the Midlands with its Leota G. Norton Community Service Award for his efforts in working with the homeless.
After earning a BA from St. Louis University in Psychology with an emphasis on homelessness and domestic violence, Mr. Vaccaro continued his studies at the Catholic Theological Union for Master Studies of Divinity.